Fenland domestic abuse survivors asked to share their stories
Survivors of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to share their experiences to help improve local services.
Cambridgeshire County Council has commissioned Survivors Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) to gather feedback from survivors and children.
The feedback, which will be kept anonymous, will help make sure that the needs of survivors are being met.
The independently-run project begins today (September 1) and lasts for 12 months. It is a lawful duty for all local authorities to carry out this work as part of the new Domestic Abuse Act.
The act, which was passed earlier this year, provides a legal duty for councils to fund support for survivors in ‘safe accommodation’.
Cambridgeshire County Council already provides a range of refuge and housing support for survivors and is signed up to the Housing First model which uses stable accommodation to support people experiencing complex issues to improve their outcomes.
Coun Tom Sanderson, chair of the council's Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee, said: “Domestic abuse is an horrendous crime and we are determined to do all we can to support survivors and their families.
“Thanks to new funding we are able to increase our accommodation offer to make sure it is suitable for people from all backgrounds, but we want to be certain we are delivering the best services possible so all survivors can access the support they deserve after taking the brave step to leave an abusive relationship.
“For that reason we hope survivors take part in this project where their experiences – which will be kept anonymous - will help shape the support we provide going forward.”
Vickie Crompton, partnership manager at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership, said: “It is really important that we get feedback from those who have suffered domestic abuse about how all services responded in their time of need. This may be a specialist domestic abuse service or the police, health services or any other organisation they were in contact with.
“Our purpose is to improve the response of services in relation to domestic abuse, so the more we know - both good and bad - the better our responses can be to people in the future.”
More information on the project can be found by emailing SADA at SADAfeedbackproject@stevenage.gov.uk or calling 07923253332.